Two boys from the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in adulthood. Two associates, wishing to right the wrong, are commissioned to find a missing heir. Their quest takes them from fungous wine cellars in the City of London to the sunshine of the Mediterranean — across the Alps in winter. Danger and treachery would prevail were it not for the courage of the heroine and the faithful company servant.
The story contains crafted descriptions, well-drawn and diverse characters, eerie and exotic backgrounds, mystery, semi-concealed identities, brinkmanship with death, romance, the eventual triumph of Good over Evil, and many other elements expected in classic Dickens.
First published in 1867 there are thematic parallels with other books from Dickens' mature writings, including Little Dorrit (1857) and especially Our Mutual Friend (1865). The Listener will decide if this story yields insights into The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished 1870).
Wilkie Collins collaborated with Charles Dickens to produce this ‘Christmas’ book and the stage play of the same name. In the book Collins assisted in Act 1 and Act 4; Collins scripted most of the stage play with Dickens’ assistance. If this book were released today it would be splashed "THE BOOK OF THE FILM".
(Summary by Alan Chant).
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December 14, 2016 Subject:
Knowing Wilkie Collins, I figured there would be a surprise at the end. A very well-told story! Alan Chant is a wonderful reader. I'm glad that LV doesn't allow sound effects in the intros and outros anymore, though. The horses' hooves, winter wind, bells, and clock all annoyed me. :)
January 11, 2010 Subject:
January 9, 2010 Subject:
Very entertaining content and superb reading by Mr. Chant.
December 31, 2009 Subject:
A fantastic performance of a work which few Dickens (or Collins) fans have read.
August 6, 2009 Subject:
Wonderful read of a sweet Dickens tale
I've had only the barest minimum of Lit in school, and had never heard of this story by Dickens, but as a fan of Alan Chant, I decided to take a listen. It's just 6 hours - rather short for a Dickens audiobook, but includes a cast of interesting characters, which Alan brings to life with his excellent reading voices. This audio file deserves the highest rating, both for the quality of the story and the quality of the reading.
April 25, 2008 Subject:
Bravo for Mr. Chant
Whatever Mr. Chant reads becomes a treasure --- his sonorous, yet lively, vocal interpretations bring exquisitely written text to life. Mr. Chant is an artist! It is not an easy task to read aloud, but with Mr Chant you can always expect a tour de force.
April 23, 2008 Subject:
Mr. Alan Chant, I would like to thank you for making my work day go by so fast. I really enjoyed your reading of this classic story.
April 7, 2008 Subject:
A lovely recording
Two boys from the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in adulthood. After the death of one – now a proprietor of a wine merchant’s company - the executors, to right the wrong, are commissioned to find a missing heir. Their quest takes them from fungous wine cellars in the City of London to the sunshine of the Mediterranean—across the Alps in winter. Danger and treachery would prevail were it not for the courage of the heroine, Marguerite, and a faithful company servant.
Many thanks Mr Alan Chant for your recording. Highly recommended!